The Hoysala Empire changed the landscape of modern-day Karnataka with its martial conquests and architectural exuberance. Their distinctive, elaborate architectural style - among the most unique of all South Indian temples - still survives in all its glory in the wonderlands of Belur and Halebidu. Visit these sites with passionate historian Anirudh Kanisetti, a specialist in ancient and medieval India. He speaks and writes extensively on the medieval Deccan, with two podcasts: Echoes of India and Yuddha, which explore the vast, vibrant beauty of ancient India. His writings have been published in Mint, The Print, the Deccan Herald, the New Indian Express, and Pragati. With his interactive and engaging storytelling, Anirudh will explain the vibrant, violent history of Southern Karnataka and put you in the footsteps of ancient sculptors, merchants, warriors, and kings whose actions loom over modern Bangalore.
11 AM - 11:30 AM: Welcome to Belur: A round of introductions with Anirudh, followed by a brief overview of the Hoysalas, who they were, and why they are important.
11:30 AM - 12 PM: The Architects of the Deccan - who were they? How is Deccan architecture unique? How do we understand and appreciate the architectural sophistication of the medieval Indian mind?
12 PM - 1:30 PM: The Temple Complex of Belur: Explore this 800-year old site and its living history and evolution through the centuries, with Anirudh explaining various features of Hoysala art and the fascinating stories and details that can be found on their walls.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: The Ancient City of Dvarasamudra: Halebidu ("Old City") was once the thriving capital of the Hoysalas. Retrace the footsteps of its people and the spectacular temples of Hoysaleshvara and Kedareshvara, covered in lush sculptures of gods, queens, and heroes.
5:00-5:30 PM: The Halebidu Museum /Break / Free Time
5:30 PM: End - Embark back to Bangalore
A comfortable day trip to the sites of Belur and Halebid from Bangalore in a minibus
Personal tour of the sites with Anirudh Kanisetti, a passionate historian and captivating storyteller
Offers a unique understanding of the Hoysalas by exploring the ruins of their ancient capital beyond the usual tourist itineraries
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Halebidu Belur and Halebidu Day Trip
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